LAFD 'Ready Reserve Fleet' Deployed in Response to Wildfire Danger

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 |

Strike Teams Arrive at October 2008 wildfire in Sepulveda Pass. © Photo by Mike Meadows, click to view more...LOS ANGELES - In response to escalating wildfire danger, Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings has ordered augmented staffing of LAFD’s "Ready Reserve Fleet" to ensure communities historically prone to wildfire are provided optimal protection.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was notified earlier this week by the National Weather Service that weather conditions through Friday, December 2, 2011 could lead to dangerous wildfire behavior in and near the City of Los Angeles.

As a result of this information, additional firefighting resources were put in place prior to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 and will remain in service until further notice.

Augmenting the LAFD’s daily deployment will be an extra:

  • 18 Engine Companies
  • 6 Brush Patrols
  • 1 Battalion Command Team
  • 1 Water Tender
  • 1 Bulldozer Strike Team
Additionally, there will be an extra 9-1-1 Dispatcher at the Fire Department Communications Center, an Emergency Incident Technician assigned to work alongside each Battalion Chief, and a Chief Officer specially assigned to coordinate swift and effective Air Operations.

The dynamically staffed "Ready Reserve Fleet" is central to Chief Cummings' recently enacted deployment plan, allowing LAFD to respond rapidly to areas of greatest need in times of crisis.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Watches and Warnings - Do You Know The Difference?


Weather Watches and Warnings...You've heard and seen weather warnings, er.. watches - or were they advisories?

When it comes to emergency management and your safety, words have meaning. That's why the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests you become familiar with the terms used to identify severe weather conditions.

Advisories, Watches and Warnings are not synonymous!

A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.

An advisory highlights special weather conditions that are less serious than a warning. They are for events that may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, could lead to situations that threaten life and/or property.

A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.

By remembering to look or listen for such key words, you can take appropriate action to keep yourself and those you love safe from foreseeable danger.

Learn more about real-time weather in your region of the United States by visiting:

...and, remember to tune to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television stations for information whenever severe weather threatens!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Arson Strikes Orville Wright Middle School


PLAYA DEL REY - A malicious, intentionally set fire struck a local Middle School today, that significantly damaged school property and injured three.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to 6550 West 80th Street for a reported "Rubbish Fire" at Orville Wright Middle School at 11:31 am on Tuesday, November 29, 2011. First on-scene resources found a freestanding structure on school grounds, with heavy fire showing.

School administrators did evacuate the entire campus as a precaution, but not before three individuals (one student, two adults) were treated for smoke inhalation. One patient, an approximate 50 year old female, was transported to a local hospital in "fair" condition with non-life threatening injuries and an unknown, but related illness.

The blaze was fully extinguished by 57 Firefighters in just 35 minutes. The LAFD's Arson-Counter-Terrorism Section was dispatched to the school, where they quickly determined this fire to have been "intentionally and maliciously set." Arson Investigators remained for several hours, processing the scene. Two juveniles, believed to have been students at the school, were consequently arrested and booked on "Arson" charges. Both were later released into the custody of their respective parents. Investigators say a third arrest of another juvenile, is imminent.

The incident remains under active investigation and all three juveniles will be summoned to court at a later date. Dollar loss estimates were placed at $75,000. There were no Firefighter injuries reported.

Dispatched Units:
E205 T5 RA5 E63 RA867 E295 E95 T95 E62 EM14 BC4 BC5 E59 E51 E263 T63 DC2 SQ21 BC13 E43 RA95 AR2

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Reveal 'Hottest' Holiday Gifts

Sunday, November 27, 2011 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department is pleased to offer some gift suggestions for the holiday season.

Your Neighborhood Firefighters encourage you to consider these affordable gifts that keep on giving...

And what you might ask, is the hottest gift this year?
Click here to go to on-line order page at
Have a suggestion to be added to our list? Let us know in the comments below. We wish you a joyous, memorable - and safe holiday season! Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Man Critically Injured When Explosion Rocks El Sereno Neighborhood

Saturday, November 26, 2011 |

EL SERENO - A thunderous explosion rocked an El Sereno neighborhood awake early this morning, damaging a home and sending one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was dispatched at 2:08 AM on Saturday November 26, 2011 to 2990 Lowell Avenue, where they found a one-story home with broken window glass and scattered debris - but no active fire.

In searching the significantly damaged 1200 square-foot building for victims, firefighters quickly discovered a 29 year-old man who had sustained painful second- and third-degree burns to more than 35% of his body, including hands, arms, upper torso head and face.

As LAFD Paramedics commenced immediate care for the severely injured man, their colleagues discovered his wife and preteen daughter who had been in another part of the home, and were amazingly uninjured.

The badly burned man was taken by Fire Department ambulance to nearby Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, which houses a specialized burn care facility. Paramedics described him as being in critical condition.

Inspectors from the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety were summoned to evaluate the home's physical integrity, as Police and Fire Department Investigators continued their joint effort to determine the cause of the explosion. No immediate estimate of monetary damage was available.
Dispatched Units: E16 E47 RA47 E202 T2 RA2 BC2 E44 RA12 AR1 AR11 AR7 AR36
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Nine Injured when Blue Line Train and Car Tangle South of Downtown L.A.

Friday, November 25, 2011 |

LOS ANGELES - A Long Beach bound Metro Blue Line light rail train collided with a car just south of Downtown Los Angeles today, injuring four persons in the automobile and causing five Blue Line passengers to later seek hospital care.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the collision near Flower Street and 18th Street just north of the Washington Boulevard Corridor at 2:52 PM on Friday, November 25, 2011. Arriving promptly, LAFD crews soon determined the four vehicle occupants had suffered only minor injury.

While preparing to transport the four to a nearby hospital for further evaluation, Paramedics were approached by five riders from aboard the train seeking attention for subjective and sundry medical complaints.

After a further assessment of those persons and others aboard the train, a total of nine injured - all in good condition, were taken by Fire Department ambulance to a trio of area hospitals.

Though personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Transit Services Bureau were summoned to the scene, the collision investigation is being handled by the Los Angeles Police Department and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials.

Dispatched Units: E15 E215 T15 E9 RA9 HR56 EM11 BC1 E29 RA10 RA803 RA9 RA809 EM11 EM2 BC1 RA15 RA810 RA814
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

West L.A.'s Famous 'Feast From The East' Restaurant to Host LAFD Fundraiser


The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department welcome you to join them this week for a special benefit dinner in West Los Angeles:

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
5:00PM to 8:00PM
Feast From The East
1949 Westwood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Feast From The East is a unique quick service restaurant serving Asian inspired cuisine. Celebrating their 30th year at the same location on Westwood Boulevard, their menu features wildly popular signature items, including their famous Chinese Chicken Salad, Sesame Chicken Wings and cook-to-order House Specials prepared with your choice of beef, tofu, chicken or shrimp.

You can take your meal home or grab a booth in their recently remodeled dining area and stay awhile. In any case, 15% of every order placed from 5:00PM to 8:00PM this Wednesday will benefit the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

Whether you sit and join us - or grab dinner to go, we look forward to seeing you this Wednesday evening at Feast From The East!

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The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation (LAFDF), is highly regarded 501(c)3 charitable organization overseen by a distinguished Board of Directors. LAFDF enhances local preparedness and emergency response by funding forward-thinking projects that enhance efficiency and capabilities of Los Angeles Fire Department personnel in your neighborhood.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

North Hollywood Collision Involving Metro Bus Sends Three to Hospital


North Hollywood Collision Involving Metro Bus Sends 3 to Hospital. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...NORTH HOLLYWOOD - A three car collision involving a Metro transit bus sent three persons to the hospital, two with critical injury.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 9:12 AM on Friday, November 25, 2011 to the 12600 block of Sherman Way in North Hollywood for a collision between a sedan and a bus operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, after which the full-size black sedan - already wedged beneath the bus, was struck forcefully by a red compact hatchback.

LAFD Battalion Chief Peter Benesch commanded sixty-four Los Angeles Firefighters, including those assigned to eight LAFD ambulances, in a swift and skilfull effort to simultaneously rescue the two critically injured car drivers, one of whom was badly trapped in the black sedan.

North Hollywood Collision Involving Metro Bus Sends 3 to Hospital. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...Concurrently, LAFD Paramedics evaluated every transit bus occupant, including the uninjured driver. Four bus passengers declared subjective injury or illness, but only one, with a complaint of chest discomfort, was taken to the hospital.

The critically injured man driving the red hatchback was quickly transported to the Trauma Center at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was soon joined by the ill bus passenger, who was in good condition.

Los Angeles Fire Department crews swarmed over the black sedan for nearly a half-hour, briskly deconstructing the vehicle with power tools to free the male driver, whose legs were badly trapped in the wreckage. After being freed, he was rushed by ambulance to the same Trauma Center in critical condition.

North Hollywood Collision Involving Metro Bus Sends 3 to Hospital. © Photo by Mike Meadows. Click to view more...Sherman Way was temporarily closed to traffic in both directions between Bellaire Avenue and Whitsett Avenue as the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division completed their on-site investigation.

Dispatched Units: T89 E289 RA81 E102 E81 T39 E239 RA7 HR56 EM14 BC14 UR88 E77 RA89 RA102 RA881 EM17 RA7 EM15 RA60 E98 E39 RA100 DC3
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Nurse Educator Offers Influenza Insight


What is seasonal flu? What are the signs and symptoms? How is flu spread - and how can we prevent it?

An answer to these questions about influenza or "the flu", is offered by Carol Payton RN, an Emergency Medical Services Educator for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Carol writes...

Seasonal Flu Awareness and Prevention

We welcome you to share the document above with your friends, family and coworkers. To learn more about influenza - and how it can be prevented, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Firefighters Ask: Your Turkey or Your Life?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 |

A longtime regional favorite, deep-fried turkey has become increasingly popular across North America, thanks to celebrity chefs.

What television and magazine chefs won't mention though, is the significant danger associated with deep-fat turkey fryers.

Your Turkey or Your Life?

After watching the video, you'll understand why Los Angeles Firefighters want you to think long and hard before frying a turkey. Without proper planning, your tasty meal could end in disaster.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is joined by safety experts from Underwriters Laboratories, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Code Enforcement Officers in reminding you to never sacrifice safety when preparing meals.

"We're worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," says John Drengenberg, UL consumer affairs manager. "Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."

Why a turkey fryer can be dangerous:
  • Many units easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • If the cooking pot is overfilled, or a partially frozen turkey is used, hot and flammable cooking oil will spill.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
  • With no thermostat controls, the deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.
If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer:
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or any enclosed space.
  • Remember that overfilling the fryer will lead to danger.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. Wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect you from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird.
  • Be careful with marinades. Remember that oil and water don't mix. Even a small amount of moisture can cause oil to spill over, leading to a fire or explosion hazard.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Frying a turkey requires full-time adult attention.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even hours after use, the oil inside can remain dangerously hot.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby, and know its proper use and limitations. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire!
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, have some immediately call 9-1-1.
  • Use your best judgement. If the fire is manageable and you can do so safely, use the all-purpose fire extinguisher.
The Los Angeles Fire Department encourages you to always cook with care!

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAX Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Facility Achieves Unique Certification

Sunday, November 20, 2011 |

A proud statement from our friends at Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA)...

Los Angeles, California – November 16, 2011) The new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility - also known as LAFD Station 80 at Los Angeles International Airport, recently achieved LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The structure is the first Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility at an international airport to achieve LEED ® Gold. The Gold certification recognizes the project’s efforts at maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing negative environmental impacts. It is the second building at LAX to incorporate LEED ® standards and receive LEED ® certification. The first building to incorporate LEED ® standards was the $737-million renovation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal – the first-ever for a renovation project at a U.S. airport. It received LEED ® Silver certification.

The LEED ® rating system is designed to encourage and facilitate development of more sustainable buildings throughout the United States. Points for certification are distributed across major credit categories such as Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.

For example, energy efficiency and water reduction measures incorporated into the building’s design will result in significant annual energy savings of 35 percent per year compared to a similar building that did not incorporate LEED ® standards. Low-flow plumbing fixtures in the building will result in significant annual water savings of 39 percent, or 35,800 gallons of potable water per year. In addition, more than 99 percent, or 3,300 tons, of on-site generated construction-related waste was either recycled or salvaged.

Other “green” construction measures incorporated into the project include:

  • Efficient lighting fixtures and controls with occupancy sensors throughout the
    facility to reduce lighting and save energy during off-peak hours.
  • Twenty percent of total building materials were manufactured using recycled materials.
  • Low-emitting paints, adhesives, and sealants in the building interior.
  • More than 12,000 gallons of recycled water was used for dust control during construction, instead of potable water.
  • Upgraded controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning that reset temperatures to maximum efficiency without sacrificing occupant comfort.
Los Angeles World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey said, "The LEED ® Gold certification reflects our commitment to contribute to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s vision of making Los Angeles the cleanest big city in America, and is in keeping with a sustainable ‘green’ building policy adopted by our Board of Airport Commissioners that commits us to incorporate LEED ® standards in all our future construction projects."

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The Los Angeles Fire Department congratulates LAWA executive leadership for this noteworthy achievement, and for their longstanding commitment to superior aircraft rescue and fire fighting services.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Confined Space Rescue Frees Two Workers

Friday, November 18, 2011 |

HARBOR CITY - Two workers performing routine maintenance in a large underground tank, were rescued today after one fell and was injured, and the other followed him down trying to try to help.

At 12:06 pm on Friday, November 18, 2011, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a "Confined Space Rescue" at 3171 North Gaffey Street near Harbor City. A large response was dispatched and even more resources were called to the scene, when it was confirmed that two male employees were approximately 27 feet below ground and in need of help. The incident would require a very technical rescue to be performed by the LAFD's Urban Search & Rescue Team.

Once all technical aspects of this emergency operation were addressed and assembled by the nearly 80 personnel on-scene, two Firefighter/Specialists "made entry" and descended into the "50,000 barrel, fuel-storage tank." A 21 year-old, male employee was found conscious at the bottom of the tank with an injury to one of his lower extremities. He had apparently lost his balance attempting to install a piece of equipment in the tank, resulting in the fall. A male co-worker, of approximately the same age, was not injured as he attempted to assist in his colleague's misfortune. Once rescued, both were evaluated, treated and then transported to a local hospital for further observation.

While the entire incident took much longer, the "Confined Space Rescue" was accomplished in just over one hour. There were no other injuries reported.

Dispatched Units:
E38 RA38 E48 RA64 T48 E248 HR56 EM11 BC4 E85 T5 E205 RA5 UR88 BC6 E64 E285 E5 EM6 DC2 SQ21 RA85 BC11 EM9 EM11 LO1 E49 RA57 H6 RM2 CM2 E21 SU1

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Woman Succumbs to Burn Injuries from House Fire in South LA

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 |

SOUTH LOS ANGELES - An elderly female occupant succumbed to burn injuries from an unintentional house fire on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Los Angeles Firefighters arrived on-scene within just three minutes to find heavy smoke showing from a single-story residence at 526 Jefferson Boulevard

"Pack Rat" Conditions Inside House Fire in South LAForcing entry into the residence, firefighters encountered intense flames among "pack rat" storage of personal belongings, yet pushed on relentlessly to search all parts of the fire and smoke-charged home for a physically handicapped woman reportedly trapped in the blaze. It was during this initial assault on the flames that firefighters quickly and skillfully discovered an 81 year-old female occupant located inside the 1,948 square-foot home. She was immediately extricated and provided with medical care for significant burn injuries on-scene and while being rushed to LA County USC Medical Center.

The flames were extinguished by 45 firefighters, under the command of Battalion Chief Carlos Calvillo, in just 12 minutes.

Along with the excessive storage that potentially hampered occupant escape, the home was fitted with window security bars and both front and back metal security doors which were locked, and required forcible entry with rotary saws. There was also no evidence of smoke alarms within the home as required by law. The century-old wood frame building was not equipped with residential fire sprinklers.
Sadly, the next day the woman succumbed to her injuries at the USC Burn Unit.
A positive identification of the deceased woman, as well as exact cause, time and manner of her death, will be determined by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

LAFD's Arson Counter-Terrorism Chief Michael Greenup stated, "The floor furnace was the area of origin of the fire, where numerous combustibles were located. The cause of the fire was unintentional."

Monetary loss from the fire is still being tabulated.

Dispatched Units:
E14 RA814 RA14 E215 E15 T15 E21 T21 E221 SQ21 EM11 BC11 BC1 E9 BC13 RA15 AR1 AR7 AR3 AR12 AR9

Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Late-Night Arson Fire Brings Heavy LAFD Response

Friday, November 11, 2011 |

RESEDA - The Los Angeles Fire Department battled a stubborn blaze late, last night in a one-story commercial building. The fire, described initially as suspicious - and later confirmed as arson, brought well over 100 Firefighters to the scene. No one was injured.
LAFD Battles Major Emergency Fire in Reseda
At 11:34 pm, on Thursday, November 10, 2011, Los Angeles Firefighters responded to 18715 West Sherman Way, where they found a 150' x 150' single-story, strip mall with heavy fire and smoke pouring from the Padco Brake & Parts storefront. With additional resources responding, Firefighters were quick to force-entry into each of the three occupancies at the address and worked aggressively to prevent the fire from spreading.
LAFD Battles Major Emergency Fire in Reseda
With one large attic space, common to all three businesses, the fire had the potential to sweep through the entire commercial strip. The 134 Firefighters on-scene managed to confine the tough fire to just the one unit and the attic, but not before experiencing a partial roof collapse. The neighboring businesses did sustain some smoke and water damage. Thankfully, there were no reported injuries, as Firefighters fully-extinguished this blaze in one hour and 24 minutes.

A thorough and on-going investigation by the LAFD's Arson Counter-Terrorism Section has determined this an "Arson Fire." Anyone with information that may assist the investigative efforts is asked to please contact the Arson Counter-Terrorism Section at (213) 893-9800. The dollar-loss estimates are not yet available.

Dispatched Units:
E273 T73 E100 RA100 E93 T93 E293 E103 RA103 EM15 BC15 BC17 E72 E104 E70 T90 E290 E305 T105 DC3 SQ21 EM17 BC12 T88 E288 UR88 RA88 T89 E289 BC10 E287 T87 E28 E90 E296 T96 T39 E239 RT83 RA909 E260 T60 E60 E229 T29 E98 AR2 EA1

Submitted by Matt Spence & Erik Scott, Spokesmen
Los Angeles Fire Department

Arson Blaze at Brentwood Townhouse Development - $50,000 Reward Offered

Thursday, November 10, 2011 |

BRENTWOOD - An early morning blaze at a large townhome complex that was under construction, brought nearly 160 Firefighters to the scene and caused 35 local residents to be evacuated.

At 3:37 am on November 10, 2011, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a "Structure Fire" at 12315 West Gorham Avenue in this normally quiet, Brentwood neighborhood. First arriving resources found a large townhome development with "heavy fire showing." The six-unit, wood-framed complex was in its construction phase, where at least two of the units were fully involved in fire. Four of those six structures were severely damaged as a result of their highly combustible state.

Additionally, five adjacent structures were evacuated for precaution. Two of those structures- one, a small apartment complex and the other, a single family dwelling, did sustain significant fire damage. As many as 10 families were displaced from those two occupancies.

As the investigation continued and the totality of the damage assessed, evacuees were to be temporarily housed at the Barrington Recreation Center, with assistance from the Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks Department and the City's General Services Department. Ultimately, the sheltering facility was not required, as the displaced residents were able to obtain assistance from family and friends in the area. The local Red Cross was also available on-scene, to assist these families with any immediate needs.

Largely due to an aggressive fire attack by the LAFD, the footprint of this blaze was kept in-check and fully extinguished in one hour and 39 minutes. Fortunately, there were no injuries to any civilians or Firefighting personnel.

After a thorough investigation, the Los Angeles Fire Department Arson Counter-Terrorism Section has determined the cause to be Arson. The Los Angeles Fire Department is asking anyone with information that may assist with the ongoing investigation to please contact the LAFD's Arson Counter-Terrorism Section at (213) 893-9800. The dollar loss estimates are not yet available.

Update: Arson Counter-Terrorism Commander Battalion Chief Michael Greenup spoke at a news conference with Los Angeles Council member Bill Rosendahl and members of the Arson Counter-Terrorism Section announcing a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification, apprehension or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire which occurred on November 10 at 12319 Gorham Avenue. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the LAFD Arson-Counter Terrorism Section at 213-893-9850 or

Dispatched Units: E19 RA19 E237 E37 T37 RA37 EM9 BC9 E59 E261 T61 E26 E292 T92 E71 E269 T69 E62 E263 T63 E43 DC3 SQ21 EM14 BC18 BC10 BC4 BC11 BC14 T88 E288 E88 UR88 RA88 RA827 BC5 E63 H6 RA59 RA92 RA71 EM11 E290 AR2 E94 E226 T26 E93 E210 T10 E15 T66 E266 RT59 EA2 EA1 E229 T29 E203 T3 E233 T33 E68 RA17 RA909 RA867 EM17 AR9 AR17 AR11 AR3 T29 E229 T94 E294 E3 E12


Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Senior Citizen Apartment Fire Injures Female in Pacoima

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 |

PACOIMA - In the afternoon of November 8th, 2011 firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out in one unit of a large senior living apartment building, one occupant was injured.

LAFD at Senior Citizen Apartment Fire in PacoimaTruck 98 arrived at 11060 North Norris Avenue, and saw heavy black smoke billowing out of two windows on the fourth floor of a modern five-story building with an attached six-story wing.

Residents of Pledgerville Senior Citizen Villa were self evacuating as firefighters ran into the building and up the stairway to the fire floor. They made their way through the smoke filled hallway and were able to rapidly put water on the fire. Fortunately, the 27 year-old building was equipped with fire sprinklers and smoke alarms, assisting in minimizing the spread of fire and alerting occupants. Firefighters then horizontally ventilated the residual smoke on the fourth floor with large blowers.

No stone was left unturned, as firefighters entered every unit in the nearly 80,000 square-foot building to ensure all residents were safely out. A group of approximately 40 elderly occupants were carefully gathered together outside and rapidly assessed to confirm that no one required medical attention. Once all residents were accounted for, they were strategically rehoused. However, residents of approximately five units were displaced due to damaged apartments. Only one individual was injured, the 75 year-old female occupant of the unit on fire suffered smoke inhalation and was transported to a local hospital in fair condition.
LAFD at Senior Citizen Apartment Fire in Pacoima
One unit on the fourth floor was heavily damaged, but due to the hard work of 83 firefighters, all under the command of Assistant Chief Patrick Butler, the flames were extinguished in just 17 minutes.
The cause of this fire is under active investigation and the dollar loss is still being tabulated.

Dispatched Units: E298 T98 RA98 RA898 E7 E275 T75 E91 E81 EM15 BC12 BC10 E70 RA75 RA91 E77 E287 T87 RA70 EM14 EM2 DC3 E89 RA889 T88 E288 UR88 BC14 RA81 RA77 RA74


Submitted by Erik Scott, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Mourns Passing of Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith

Monday, November 07, 2011 |

LAFD Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith (1956-2011)
LAFD Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith
The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department mourn a pillar of our Department, Chief Helicopter Pilot Glenn V. Smith, who recently lost a courageous battle with cancer at age 54.

If you've seen an LAFD helicopter in flight, or listened to the calm coordination of Fire Department air operations in Los Angeles via scanner radio, chances are you experienced in some small way, Glenn's remarkable career of lifesaving work, which included being a two-time recipient of the LAFD Medal of Valor.

Glenn Victor Smith was born in Lake Providence, Louisiana on October 29, 1956. The youngest of five boys in his family, and number 12 in a line of 17 children, he moved as a young boy to Los Angeles, growing up just south of the central city.

Glenn attended Los Angeles High School where he played the trumpet in the school marching band. In 1975, he married Marva Lajoy, his bride for life. In 1978, he was proudly appointed to the Los Angeles Fire Department, where he earned a reputation as a quick study. Soon becoming a skilled firefighter and a compassionate paramedic, he ultimately decided... (read more...)

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

LAFD Offers Fire Safety Tips

Saturday, November 05, 2011 |

With changes in the weather, we all resort to different methods to warm ourselves, our loved-ones and our homes. Your Los Angeles Fire Department asks you to please exercise extreme caution and a little common sense when doing so.

As we promote the annual "Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries" Campaign, it also offers a great opportunity to remind you all, of the inherent dangers associated with fire that may result from improperly functioning alarms in your homes.

As an example of such dangers, please view the following video that illustrates how the changes in materials being used by the furniture industry have considerably decreased the amount of time individuals and families have to exit their homes during a fire. It also emphasizes the extreme importance of having a working smoke alarm.

So we remind you: when you change your clock, you should change your smoke alarm batteries as well as the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detectors, which are now required by law.

On another note of preparedness, the LAFD strongly encourages everyone to develop and practice a home safety plan. Following, are some helpful Fire Safety Tips to aid in your efforts:

Fire Safety Tips:

In the event of a fire, remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside. Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room. Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed. Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered. Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.

Talking about fire prevention and survival with your family, and practicing your home escape plan is something that may not be able to wait for tomorrow.

  • Install smoke alarms in every room of a property. Consider networked smoke alarms that are linked together so that when one alarm sounds, all of the alarms sound. This immediate response can provide early warning no matter where the fire starts, giving more time to escape.
  • Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on every floor and near sleeping areas. As of July 1, 2011, the State of California requires Carbon Monoxide detectors in most single family homes - and soon in every residence.
  • DO NOT use grills, hibachis or portable gas camp stoves indoors, as a means to warm your homes. All are sources of poisonous carbon monoxide gases.
  • Use extreme caution when using portable generators, another source of carbon monoxide.
  • Test smoke alarms and CO detectors monthly and replace batteries as needed.
  • Never disable alarms by removing the batteries or by covering them.
  • Know two ways out of every building--your residence hall, apartment, nightclub, restaurant or movie theater. A fire escape ladder can provide an alternate exit from second- or third-floor rooms.
  • Properly dispose of smoking materials in ashtrays. After parties, check chair and couch cushions for smoldering cigarettes.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher and learn how to use it BEFORE a fire breaks out.
  • Use approved extension cords and electrical appliances properly. Don't overload electrical outlets.
  • Never leave candles unattended and keep them away from flammable items. Be sure to extinguish candles before going to bed.

Submitted by Matt Spence, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

50 Years Ago: Bel Air a 'Hurricane of Fire'

Friday, November 04, 2011 |

On November 6, 1961, the City of Los Angeles was visited by one of the most disastrous brush fires in Southern California history.

Lashing out from a point of origin high on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains, the flames raced through tinder-dry vegetation to the summit, leaped across Mulholland Drive and raged southward into Stone Canyon on a rapidly widening front - in terrain and weather described as a "design for disaster"...

Driven savagely by fifty-mile-per-hour winds, the flames sped south and westward. The canyons and ridges of the coastal slope became engulfed in a veritable hurricane of fire. Thermal air currents, created by the intense heat, coupled with the high velocity winds swirled countless burning brands aloft to deposit them far in advance of the main fire front.

Natural and man-made barriers proved utterly incapable of interrupting the progress of the fire under such adverse conditions, noted in this vintage video from KTLA-TV:

Before the wild rush of this roaring destruction was finally subdued, 6,090 acres of valuable watershed had been consumed. Infinitely more tragic was the incineration of 484 costly residences and 21 other buildings. Amazingly however, no one was killed.

As this great fire gained in intensity, a second blaze was criminally ignited in Benedict Canyon which lies a mile to the east of Stone Canyon...

To learn more about the Bel-Air/Brentwood and Santa Ynez wildfires - including a stirring personal account from an LAFD member who fought them, visit:

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

Los Angeles Fire Commissioner Appointed President & CEO of The California Wellness Foundation

Thursday, November 03, 2011 |

WOODLAND HILLS – Renowned health care executive and active member of the Los Angeles Fire Commission, Dr. Diana M. Bontá has been chosen to lead The California Wellness Foundation as its next president and CEO.

Dr. Bontá, a nurse with a doctorate in public health, is currently vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Region, where she has served since October 2004.

"Dr. Bontá's strong executive health care and public policy background coupled with her experience overseeing major programs at corporate and government health departments makes her a terrific choice for us," said David S. Barlow, chair of The California Wellness Foundation's Board of Directors.

A health care executive with strong public policy credentials, Dr. Bontá previously served as director of the California Department of Health Services and director of Health and Human Services for the City of Long Beach, among other executive health management positions.

"I am excited and honored to lead The California Wellness Foundation, which shares my commitment to improve the health of Californians," Dr. Bontá said.

Dr. Bontá holds doctorate and master's degrees in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she also serves as an adjunct professor. A New York native, she received her bachelor's degree in nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an associate of arts degree in nursing from Bronx Community College.

Among her many recognitions are the American Public Health Association's Presidential Citation Award, the National Hispanic Health Foundation's Leadership Award and the Women in Business Award.

Throughout her career, she has been nominated for or appointed to more than 24 governance and advisory positions and is a board trustee for the Health Professions Education Foundation. Dr. Bontá lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Frank, and has three children.

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The men and women of the LAFD congratulate Dr. Bontá on her appointment, and extend their appreciation for her continued leadership role as a Los Angeles Fire Commissioner.

Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department